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Broadcasters Rally 'Round June 12

Most of the full-power TV stations that didn't flip the all-digital switch last month told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they intend to do so on June 12, the new transition date.

According to data released by the FCC on Tuesday, 927 stations plan to flip over on June 12. Another 158 stations plan to cease regular analog operations some time before that date, though they will require special dispensation from the FCC to move forward with those plans.

"The Commission will consider the notifications and determine whether any of the proposed early terminations would pose a significant risk of public harm," the FCC noted.

April 16 is the earliest they can switch over, according to new FCC rules that went into effect after President Obama approved a law that delayed the original transition date of Feb. 17. (See FCC Sets New DTV Rules and New Rules!)

Remaining full-power TV stations had until Tuesday, March 17, to tell the FCC their intended switchover dates. This document (PDF) lists out the stations that plan to terminate analog service on June 12. This one spells out which ones intend to do so prior to that date.

A total of 641 stations, or about 36 percent of the nearly 1,800 full-power TV stations, have already pulled the analog plug. However, only about 15 percent of U.S. consumers have been affected so far because many of those switches occurred in smaller markets. (See DTV Notebook.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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